News for National Cardiac Societies


We are at a vital moment for ESC Congress – The Digital Experience. Promoting this unique opportunity to your members is very important to us. Thousands are registering daily so encourage them to join them and schedule the time they will need in August to absorb the vast experience that is on offer – at no charge.

This is the event you have been waiting for, and it’s all at your fingertips for four full days. Where else will you be able to access such a wealth of cardiovascular science?

  • Four new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • 12 Hot Lines
  • Interactive sessions
  • COVID-19 and CVD sessions
  • More than 400 topics covering all aspects of cardiology
  • More than 4,000 abstracts featuring new science

This is the science your members need for their daily practice, and it is an essential educational event for your junior cardiologists.  New banners can be found in Box and we ask that you feature them prominently on your webpages.      

Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

Prof. Jose Luis Zamorano and Prof. Franz Weidinger
ESC Vice Presidents for National Cardiac Societies

Priority News


ESC meets with EU Health Commissioner

Last week the ESC and the European Heart Network  (EHN) made a call for urgent and bold action by the EU to make CVD a health priority. Supported by members of the European Parliament, the ESC  and EHN presented a blueprint with key actions to tackle the cardiovascular health crisis. See the blueprint.


COVID-19 News


Survey results on STEMI admissions during COVID-19

STEMI patient admissions dropped by more than 50% during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an extensive ESC survey of the cardiology community worldwide. “Fear of catching the coronavirus means patients are too afraid to go to hospital for life-saving treatment. We must continue to save the lives we know how to save,” said ESC President Professor Barbara Casadei. Read the ESC STEMI paper .


COVID-19 collateral damage publication
The ESC Advocacy Division published a statement earlier this month, stressing the collateral damage caused by COVID-19 to CVD patients and discussing the exponential repercussions. Available here.



Translations of ‘COVID -19 & Heart Patients’

Young cardiologist organisations have translated into their own languages the frequently asked questions on the page ‘COVID-19 & Heart Patients’. This useful resource for patients is now available in Armenian, German, Italian, Maltese, Portuguese, Serbian, Romanian and Russian here.

All translations are validated and endorsed by NCS. New translated versions will be uploaded to the ESC website. Feel free to then disseminate them widely.


ESC Cardiovascular Round Table – COVID-19 sessions

Last week the Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT) discussed how COVID-19 is influencing cardiovascular research and clinical practice. For the first time, many National Cardiac Presidents were able to attend this digital event; if you missed the sessions or want to listen again, the recordings will be available on the ESC website soon.

ESC News


New EAPCI Atlas publication: Mapping interventional cardiology

Explore the main findings of a 16-country survey that examined the national availability of interventional infrastructure, human resources, and procedure volumes. Read the paper.


Implementing the new European Regulations on Medical Devices

Clinical responsibilities for evidence-based practice: a report from the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the ESC. Read the paper.


FESC recruitment – your endorsement

Applications are now being accepted to become a Fellow of the ESC (FESC), a symbol of excellence. Applicants are required to submit a supporting letter from their National Cardiac Society, so you may be contacted for your endorsement. Find out more


ESC Subspecialty News


Subspecialty associations – 2020-2022 boards

In 2020, the seven association boards will be renewed. Some have already communicated the new compositions and attributions:

Election results for EACVI, EAPC and HFA will be announced later this year.


News from EHRA 

Global EHRA webinar series  
EHRA has teamed up with all its EP sister societies to deliver a global webinar series from 20 June to 17 October. Experts from all over the world will present their insights into different aspects of EP care. Discover the topics of these live webinars and register.

Expert consensus document
Access the latest EHRA/HRS/APHRS/LAHRS 2020 consensus on Risk assessment in cardiac arrhythmias: use the right tool for the right outcome, in the right population.


HFA Discoveries: access the resources

Thousands of heart failure specialists and other healthcare professionals from around the world joined the HFA for live presentations on the HFA Discoveries platform earlier this month.

Your members can get free access to these presentations on Late-Breaking Trials, now on demand, as well as clinical cases, important HFA position papers and more. Available through 20 September.

Please let your members know about this new platform for discovering the frontiers of heart failure science. Find out more.


National Cardiac Society News

  • Upcoming events: 27-29 August: 51st Annual Congress of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists - Rimini. NEW DATES for this pioneering dual event, both onsite and online.
  • Newly elected President: Professor Matti Niemelä, Finnish Cardiac Society
  • In memorium

Dr. Giancarlo Ghironzi, EFESC

On 14 March, the San Marino Republic lost an important character in the public health and political domain.
Learn more about this distinguished cardiologist and his impact on cardiology.